Why do my gums bleed every time I brush my teeth?
Are your gums bleeding every time you brush or floss? Bleeding gums are not normal, and frequently indicate the development of a more complex oral health concern. The health of your gums is essential for maintaining a beautiful, functional smile. Keeping your gums healthy helps to protect the teeth, alignment of your bite, appearance of your smile, structure of your jaw, and your overall systemic health.
Bleeding gums are a common side effect of gum disease. Gum disease is a progressive oral health condition that affects millions of Americans. With diligent at-home oral hygiene and regular professional dental cleanings, gum disease can often be prevented. Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh offers periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease.
Gum Health & Gum Disease
Bleeding gums are a common side effect of gum disease. Your gums may begin to bleed as gingivitis progresses. As bacteria spreads, it starts to form deep pockets in the gum line. The gums become inflamed and will gradually pull away from the teeth. Gums can slowly become tender, swollen, and susceptible to bleeding.
Rockville dentist Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh encourages all patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year to prevent the spread of gum disease. Early diagnosis allows for conservative and more efficient treatment of gum disease. Catching gum disease in the initial stages of gingivitis can prevent damage to the functional aspects of the smile.
Gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss, gum recession and can even cause bone deterioration and facial sagging. Gum disease increases a patient’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease, inflammation, heart attacks, and other systemic health issues.
Treating Bleeding Gums
Congressional Dental Care offers periodontal therapy for the treatment of all stages of gum disease. We offer comprehensive treatment options that can help patients to control the spread of bacteria and prevent further damage to the teeth and gums.
Periodontal therapy will be tailored to treat the underlying bacterial infection as well as address any additional oral health concerns caused by gum disease, such as tooth loss.
Our team will work with you on an individual basis to restore gum health with the most suitable treatment option for supporting the longevity of your smile. Treatment can include:
- Anti-bacterial rinses– If caught early, your gum disease can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning in addition to an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to help keep your oral bacteria balanced.
- Scaling and root planing procedure– This treatment method is an intensive dental cleaning that removes bacteria from the gums. Using special tools, your dentist will scrape away plaque and tartar buildup and remove bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms. Removing the bacteria from the pockets in the early stages of development can help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
- Advanced periodontal therapy– If you have advanced periodontal disease, we will refer you to a local specialist for treatment.
Bleeding Gums FAQs
What happens if you leave gum disease untreated?
If gum disease is left untreated, it may result in toothlessness and many other health issues. Patients may be at a higher risk to develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes, have a stroke, or heart attack. It is very important to treat gum disease once it first presents itself so it can be treated and not cause further issues.
Can gums recover from gum disease?
There are 4 stages of gum disease; gingivitis, slight periodontitis, mild periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Patients can recover from gingivitis by changing and becoming more disciplined in their oral care routine. The last three stages are not reversible, but further damage can be prevented through treatment.
Can gum disease cause other health problems?
Gum disease can cause many health issues for patients, some that have no correlation to their oral health. Gum disease can travel to the blood and has the potential to cause heart disease, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and dementia.
Will I lose my teeth if I have periodontal disease?
Periodontitis may result in patients losing their teeth. As the infection progresses it can cause damage to soft tissue and travel into bones. Once it has reached bones it can cause one’s teeth to become loose, and they may potentially need to be removed.
Schedule A Periodontal Exam Today
If your gums bleed on a routine basis, contact our Rockville, MD dentist office, or request an appointment online. Our dental care team can help you restore the health, beauty, and function to your smile so you may enjoy your optimal oral health.